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Andrew Kennis
Lives in El Paso, TX
Andrew Kennis is an international journalist, a higher education pedagogue and an academic researcher specializing in Political Communication, Digital Journalism Studies, Political Economy and International Communications. Currently, Andrew is starting an Assistant Professorship at the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP).

Andrew received his doctoral degree from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He recently defended his dissertation, entitled "The Media Dependence Model: An analysis of the performance and structure of U.S. & Global News." Prior to coming to UIUC, Andrew received his Masters degree in Political Science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), where he specialized in Comparative and U.S. Politics and wrote his thesis on the propaganda model. 

As a researcher, Andrew has investigated, written and published in peer review journals ranging across three different disciplines (communications, political science and technology studies), including several single-author publications, as well as co-authored works.  He has long worked with internationally renown scholars, John Nerone and Noam Chomsky. Andrew has won top conference paper awards and presented his work in both the United States and abroad (London, Tokyo, Vancouver and Mexico City). Andrew presented work related to several of his dissertation chapters at the National Communication Association's conference in San Francisco, as well as at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in Saint Louis.

As a Professor, Andrew has designed and taught his own courses at the TEC de Monterrey in Mexico City, Cal State University, William Paterson University (NJ) and Dominican University (Chicago) and at UIUC. Most recently, Andrew was hired as an Assistant Professor at UTEP, where he is teaching courses on journalism and news media analysis. Previously, Andrew taught several courses at Northwestern University, including a new course on the drug war and the media. Other courses Andrew has designed have included "Global Media and Online Journalism," “Critical Media Analysis and Digital Journalism,” “Politics and the Media,” and a number of other classes and materials in political science and society & technology studies.

As a journalist, he has practiced online-based / convergence reporting, investigative and print reporting, citizen journalism, and online-based and traditional radio throughout the last decade. Andrew was a part of the early inception of digital journalism as one of the first reporters from the Independent Media Center in New York City. Since that time, Andrew has practiced professional journalism from locations based in four continents and over a dozen countries across the globe, including on-the-scene reporting from Chiapas, Israel, Japan, Venezuela, Taiwan, Guatemala, Quebec, Palestine and Mexico City. He has published in a variety of news sources, including Al Jazeera English, The Christian Science Monitor, Proceso (Mexico and the U.S.), Time Out Chicago, Gatopardo (Latin America and the U.S.) and many other outlets ranging from daily newspapers and newsweeklies to monthly periodicals based both in the States and abroad. His work has garnered him interviews on both live national television (RT) and national public radio (NPR) (links to both interviews are included below).

Feel free to follow Andrew on Twitter (@Andrew_Kennis) where he is tied in to many threads related to international news and digital journalism. 

In addition to reporting and conducting research from a variety of locations abroad, Andrew has taught, lived in and reported from Mexico City and Chiapas for the last decade, during which time he obtained a level of spoken and written fluency in Spanish.
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El Paso, TX
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